The first scent of spring air and the sight of the ground peeking through melting snow stir thoughts of a hidden world that exists in fantasies.
For me spring means it's time to think about gardening, flowers and outdoor activities. It also makes me imagine stories about fantasy creatures--fairies awakening after a winter sleep, elves strolling through forests still partially stripped of leaves, and merfolk finally able to glimpse above the surface of a lake without bumping their heads on ice.
Fantasy creatures captivate me and I enjoy incorporating that passion with my love of the outdoors. When springtime comes, I can't wait to start cleaning my yard, getting ready to plant a garden and hopefully add a touch of fantasy with some new garden decorations. I love my mushroom people and playful signs that mark different arrangements in my yard. I look forward to watching seeds sprout in the pots by my window and seeing the mix of flowers outside, especially the purple ones!
Bringing a bit of fantasy indoors helps me stay patient during the early spring days when an occasional frost reminds us that winter isn't quite ready to say goodbye for another year. Some little touches that help keep the spring feeling are placing fairy windows and doors--little stickers or figurines that offer a peek into a fantasy world--throughout the house and spraying my favorite floral scents that always remind me of spring. Recently I found a pot that made a wonderful addition to my springtime fantasy collection. It's made in the shape of a pale pink root with a cheerful face and big feet with the toes painted deep pink.
What do you love about spring and what keeps you in the springtime mood even when it's a little cold outside?
What do trips around the world, endless nights of breathtaking sex, and a muscular, 6-foot 3-inch, brown-haired, blue-eyed significant other have to do with Kate Hill? Absolutely nothing, but she can dream, can't she? In reality Kate is a single vegetarian New Englander who loves writing romantic fantasies.
Currently, she might not be traveling around the world, but Kate has visited Europe and Africa and those beautiful places have been wonderful inspiration for her writing. While working at various times as a clerk, assistant karate instructor, house painter and banker, Kate dreamed of being an author. In 1996 her first short story was accepted for publication and since then she has sold over ninety short stories, novellas and novels.
When she's not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out, and researching vampires and Viking history. Visit Kate online at http://www.kate-hill.com. Read an excerpt from her latest releases, Wild Woods and Inked: Rough Waters, at http://www.kate-hill.com/roughwaters.html and http://www.kate-hill.com/wildwoods.html .